Sierra storm brings snow, record rainfall throughout Tahoe-Reno; Mt. Rose, Boreal ski resorts to open this week
November 3, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2015-16 ski season will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 4, thanks to a small storm that brought about a foot of snow to the region this week.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe received up to 14 inches of snow up top from the storm that picked up steam overnight Sunday and pelted the region with rain and wet snow into Monday afternoon.
The accumulation, coupled with the National Weather Service's forecast of low temperatures in the teens and low-20s into this weekend, will allow the ski area between Incline Village and Reno to open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, officials said.
"It's great to see the storm door open this early in the season, and the snow starting to pile up," Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose, said in a statement. "We plan to take full advantage of our high base elevation and the cold temperatures that are forecast, and will continue to make snow at every opportunity so we can open more terrain as quickly as possible."
In California, near Donner Summit west of Truckee, Boreal Mountain Resort on Tuesday reported 6-10 inches of snow.
It plans to open Friday, Nov. 6, for its 51st season, with skiing and snowboarding starting at 9 .m.
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"After a long summer of preparations, we're more ready than we have ever been to kick off the winter season," Matt Peterson, vice president of Boreal, said in a statement.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, meanwhile, reported more than 1 foot of snow had fallen by Tuesday.
Like Mt. Rose and several regional ski resorts, Squaw-Alpine plans to utilize cold temperatures to make snow. The resorts still are planning opening days of Nov. 25 (Squaw) and Dec. 11 (Alpine).
South of Lake Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe resort reported as much as 9 inches had fallen by Monday evening at its base area.
Other ski areas were reporting anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday; at ground level, anywhere from 2-4 inches fell in the areas of Truckee and Tahoe City, while hardly any could be found at lake level in Incline Village.
The wet storm also reportedly brought record rainfall to parts of Northern Nevada, including nearly an inch of precipitation — 0.86 — at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
According to the Associated Press, the total in Reno doubled the old record of 0.43 inch for the day set in 1940. At Lake Tahoe, Glenbrook recorded 1.26 inches of rain mixed with snow, and 1.13 inch of rain was reported at South Lake Tahoe.
NV Energy reported power outages at about 8 a.m. Monday, affecting more than 3,500 customers in Incline Village and about 1,500 in the Washoe Valley south of Reno. Power was restored to most by midday.